Kings, generals, and statesmen, of necessity, had to be horsemen.
The horse, like other grazing herbivores, has typical adaptations for plant eating: a set of strong, high-crowned teeth, suited to grinding grasses and other harsh vegetation, and a relatively long digestive tract, most of which is intestine concerned with digesting cellulose matter from vegetation.Young horses have milk (or baby) teeth, which they begin to shed at about age two and a half.In prehistoric times the wild horse was probably first hunted for food.Research suggests that domestication took place by approximately 6,000 years ago.Stylish fur coats are made of the sleek coats of foals.
Horsehair has wide use in upholstery, mattresses, and stiff lining for coats and suits; high-quality horsehair, usually white, is employed for violin bows.
The horse in life has served its master in travels, wars, and labours and in death has provided many commodities.
Long before their domestication, horses were hunted by primitive tribes for their flesh, and horsemeat is still consumed by people in parts of Europe and in Iceland and is the basis of many pet foods. Tetanus antitoxin is obtained from the blood serum of horses previously inoculated with tetanus toxoid.
Greek mythology created the Centaur, the most obvious symbol of the oneness of horse and rider.
White stallions were the supreme sacrifice to the gods, and the Greek general Xenophon recorded that “gods and heroes are depicted on well-trained horses.” A beautiful and well-trained horse was, therefore, a status symbol in ancient Greece.
Recently, however, geldings generally have replaced stallions as riding horses.